Flashcards in Geography- case study-DW- fold mountains- the Alps Deck (7)
How were the Alps formed?
At a destructive plate boundary between the African plate pushing North against the Eurasian plate
Which countries do the Alps border between?
Italy, France, Switzerland, Austria.
What is highest mountain in the Alps?
Mount blanc (4810m)
What are the four land use benefits of the Alps?
-Toursim (skiing, beautiful scenery, walking)
-Farming (transhumance- cattle graze high in summer, low in winter)
-HEP (steep slope, high precipitation and summer melting glaciers produce river ideal for HEP, and the narrow valley are easy to dam)
-Forestry (main building material and for winter fuels)
What are the problem with tourism of the Alps?
-winters are warming up
-more people skiing on worn slopes, damaging vegetation and increasing the risk of soil erosion.
-farmers are buying feed to keep animals on valley floor all year round.
-cables cars built for tourism are being used to transport animal products down the mountain.
Name a tourist resort